today that they will cease fansubbing Naruto Shippuden
starting January 15, 2009 due to the availability of the latest episode playing in Japan being offered with subtitles by Viz on Hulu
, and Naruto.com
posted on behalf of the fansubbing group Dattebayo that they will permanently stop fansubbing Naruto with episode 91, which coincidentally is the first episode Dattebayo, known back then as Anime-Heaven, "officially" started subbing Naruto back in July 2004.
This news should not be a surprise to anyone since Crunchyroll released a press release
announcing that they would start offering the latest subtitled Naruto episode one hour
after broadcast in Japan for paid subscribers of Crunchyroll with TV Tokyo also releasing their own press release
(in Japanese). Viz released a press release
on November 17 stating that the episode would be shown for FREE one week later on Naruto.com, Hulu, and Joost, with a new English-subtitled episode offered every Thursday. In an effort to catch up to the current episode of Naruto, starting January 2, Naruto.com, along with Hulu and Joost, will offer for free, eight uncut, subtitled episodes from the beginning of the Naruto Shippuden with eight additional episodes each Friday until they catch up to the current episode.
Also, if you watched the video of the Fansubber and Industry Discussion Panel
(Watch it, if you haven't yet - 79 minutes) held at Otakon 2008, which was held during August 8 - 10, Interacii with Hishoburaiken from Dattebayo along with YaoiBoy (LiveEvil) and GetFresh (Shinsen Subs) discussed when they would stop fansubbing, and among their comments, they stated that they would stop fansubbing when episodes were offered free and in a timely manner. Well, one hour or one week is definitely timely and free is free. Thus, it should come as no surprise that they would stop subbing. Interacii states that Dattebayo has never received a Cease and Desist order so has never had to stop and with the new way Viz and Crunchyroll is handling the Naruto episodes, there's no need for Dattebayo to continue subbing the series and that they have decided that they aren't going to wait for a Cease and Desist before stopping.
In terms of the manga, Viz also stated that they would release 11 volumes over three months starting in February 2009 with Volume 34 to April 2009 with Volume 44, which was just released this month in Japan, and continue releasing quarterly with Volume 45 available in July 2009.
Crunchyroll also recently released a press release
about its' partnership with TV TOKYO Corporation, SHUEISHA Inc., and Pierrot Co., Ltd. thereby allowing them to, beginning January 8, 2009, offer episodes of Naruto Shippuden. One of the reasons for the partnership is to combat online piracy as well as offer anime for overseas fans while allowing the rights holders to earn money through the subscriptions and/or ads. They also announced
that they would also start streaming episodes of Skip Beat!
, Shugo Chara
and one additional unknown anime, according to AnimeNation
The Skip Beat! anime is currently being broadcast in Japan and is based on the manga
by Yoshiki Nakamura and recently published Volume 20 in Japan with Viz releasing the English translated version with the 16th volume
scheduled for release on January 6, 2009. The translated manga is currently running in Shojo Beat.
Description about Skip Beat (taken from Mangatraders):
Kyoko Mogami is the childhood friend of superstar Sho Fuwa. Kyoko was so deeply in love with Sho that she followed him to the city on his quest to become a famous singer. But she soon realizes Sho was only using her as his personal maid to take care of household chores and pay for rent. Heart-broken, Kyoko won't suffer in silence--she's going to get her sweet revenge by beating Sho in show biz! A funny and entertaining romance story of an "diamond in the rough" trying to find her place in showbiz, and the mysterious pasts of the people around her.
The Gintama anime is currently being broadcast in Japan with 132 episodes to date and is based on the manga
by Hideaki Sorachi. The manga currently has 25 volumes published in Japan with Viz releasing the English translated version named "Gin Tama" with the tenth volume
scheduled for release on January 6, 2009. Description taken from ANN:
Sakata Gintoki is a samurai living in an era when samurais are no longer needed. To add to his troubles, oppressive aliens have moved in to invade. Gintoki lives with Kagura and Shinpachi, taking on odd jobs to make the world a better place...and to pay their rent.
The Shugo Chara anime has 51 episodes with a sequel called Shugo Chara!! Doki
, which is currently being broadcast in Japan. The anime is based on the shoujo manga
by PEACH-PIT and is currently ongoing in Japan with 8 volumes compiled to date. The English translated version is being released by Del Rey with the fifth volume
scheduled for release on December 2008. Description taken from Anidb:
Everybody at Seiyo Elementary thinks that stylish and super cool Hinamori Amu has it all: But nobody knows the real Amu, a shy girl who wishes she had the courage to truly be herself. Changing Amu’s life is going to take more than wishes and dreams–it’s going to take a little magic! One morning, Amu finds a surprise in her bed: three strange little eggs. Each egg contains a Guardian Character, an angel-like being who can give her the power to be someone new. With the help of her Guardian Characters, Amu is about to discover that her true self is even more amazing than she ever dreamed.
EDIT: Clarified where news of Crunchyroll's paid subscription came from - it wasn't in Viz's press release + more background information about Skip Beat anime/manga, Gintama anime/manga + Shugo Chara anime/manga
(Viz Press Release) | PR Newswire
(News on Crunchyroll Partnership) | Japanese language press announcement
(News on paid subscription) | Crunchyroll